Statement by Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council.
Published: Monday, 19th August 2019
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:
“Here at Hounslow Council, we have had an ongoing contract with Tudor Markets Ltd since 2014 to operate the market in Hounslow High Street. The decision has been made to end the contract and to close the market whilst we undertake a series of studies that will help to shape our future strategy for the town centre. It was originally due to end on 31 March 2019 but after discussions with Tudor Markets Ltd, we agreed to extend the contract for a further six months until the end of September, giving traders ample time to relocate their stalls to other locations.
“There have been a number of Issues relating to the market which have persisted under the current contract. The key ones have included pavement staining, littering, unkempt stalls and an over-reliance on hot-food stalls that have adversely affected nearby retailers who have also seen their rents and central government controlled rates rise significantly.
“In the meantime the council has set up a Town Centre Task Force focussed on Hounslow Town Centre developing a strategy, including further investment to tackle any short-term challenges. This will focus on plans to directly tackle issues such as street drinking, fly tipping, litter enforcement, trade and residential waste controls, food standards and cleanliness of the public realm.
“The town centre is undergoing a programme of significant regeneration, including the opening of the new Civic Centre and the development of the High Street Quarter which will include a significant number of new homes and jobs created. We have also started looking at options regarding improving public spaces within the town centre and doing a comprehensive analysis of the retail and food offer and how we can ensure it meets the needs of the local population.”